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MAP: What Cuisine is Popular in Your Manhattan Neighborhood?

By Nigel Chiwaya | March 4, 2015 7:37am

MANHATTAN — The Upper West Side is gaga for Greek food and Hell's Kitchen is a haven for hot dogs.

That may sound strange, but online food review site Yelp swears it's true. Yelp crunched numbers on the city's eateries and cuisines and came up with data showing which foods are more popular in each neighborhood than they are citywide. 

A lot of the food-and-neighborhood pairings, which Yelp shared with DNAinfo New York, are common knowledge. For instance, Cantonese food rules Chinatown, while Latin American cuisine is popular in Washington Heights, Inwood and East Harlem.

But there are surprises, like Greek being popular in the Upper West Side, cheesesteaks being big in Flatiron and the Financial District, food carts ranking highest in Morningside Heights and "gluten-free" cuisine topping both the East Village and Greenwich Village.

To get the data, Yelp looked at the number of restaurants that served a particular cuisine in a given neighborhood and compared it to the number of restaurants that serve the same food type across the five boroughs. The result is a list of foods that Yelp calls "disproportionately popular" in each particular neighborhood.

DNAinfo mapped the popular cuisines in Manhattan and shared the data with Wine and Food World blogger Doug Levy, who said the map shows that New Yorkers tend to favor foods that are familiar to them.

"It does raise some doubt about whether New Yorkers are as adventurous about food as many think or claim," Levy said.

Take a look at the map above. Do you think Yelp's data is right for your neighborhood? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @DNAinfo.